By ZBC Reporter
Zimbabwe has received assurance from Mozambican authorities for grain imports passing through Maputo to be given priority clearance and transportation. The Zimbabwean government is currently seized with feeding the nation, following an El-Nino induced drought that left many food insecure.
Grain has since been procured from different locations and ahead of its arrival at Mozambican ports next week, the government has engaged authorities in the neighbouring country to ensure that there are no delays in clearance and transportation of the maize.
Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Mozambique, Retired Lieutenant General Douglas Nyikayaramba confirmed that a Grain Taskforce headed by Retired Deputy Chief Secretary, Justin Mupamhanga held a meeting with various stakeholders in Mozambique to ensure priority clearance and smooth passage of imported grain into Zimbabwe.
“We had a very good meeting with Professor Chilundu who committed himself to ensuring that our maize as soon as it arrives has priority of movement into Zimbabwe to mitigate our current challenges, the next meeting was with Manica freight agencies, these are the agencies who were contracted to move the maize from the port right into the final destination which is Zimbabwe,” highlighted Ambassador Nyikayaramba.
Ambassador Nyakayaramba also confirmed that transport agents are ready and just waiting for maize to arrive in Maputo on the 4th of next month.
“They said all the paperwork is in place, they have done all advance clearance, we are just waiting for the cargo to arrive we are very happy and these people according to the Mozambicans are renowned for doing a very good job so we are very hopeful that as soon as our maize arrives here in Maputo it will be moved as fast as we can,” he said.
The Ambassador confirmed that the first ship will deliver 15 000 metric tonnes in Maputo that will be transported to Bulawayo to cater for the southern parts of the country, while the other cargo with 26 000 metric tonnes of grain is destined for Harare to cater for the other parts of the country.
“They also went to Beira,, where our consular general organised a meeting with stakeholders which is a replica of what is obtaining here in Maputo and they had a very good meeting and before they left they actually created a taskforce to ensure that our maize as soon as it arrives is also going to be moved expeditiously,” he said.
Zimbabwe is importing grain from the Atlantic, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia to cater for the grain deficit in the country caused by the drought last cropping season and Cyclone Idai which ravaged some parts of the country especially Manicaland.
The United Nations says Southern Africa is experiencing the worst drought in a century with 45 million people in 14 countries in need of urgent assistance, Zimbabwe is one of the countries that is most affected.
By ZBC Reporter